From 1990 to 1999, a summer school in consumer law was organized by Professor Thierry Bourgoignie and Miss Françoise Maniet, who were then respectively Director and research assistant of the Centre de droit de la consommation de l’Université catholique de Louvain (Centre for Consumer Law of Louvains’s Catholic University) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Each year, this course gathered together between 50 and 70 participants from every part of the world. The first edition of the summer school in Montreal took place in 2009 and had a great success, gathering more than 100 participants coming from all over the world. The second, in 2011, has been a similar success. The impact of the summer school is considerable on the european and international scene particularly in terms of :
- Training of trainers,
- Support of policy decisions,
- Sharing of legislations adopted in favor of consumers and sharing of current market surveillance practices,
- Connections between legislations in force in regional and/or international markets,
- Promotion of consumer law on the scientific and academic planes,
- Consolidation of a network of consumer law scholars.
Mister Bourgoignie joined the UQÀM (University of Quebec in Montreal) as professor in May of 2003, where he founded the Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation (Research Group in International and Comparative Consumer Law – GREDICC). For more information on this research group, its objectives, members and current projects, please visit our website at www.gredicc.uqam.ca.